St. George & Tana

St. George & Tana Is Now!

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St. George & Tana are a likable folk-pop/rock duo on this LP, but not one with much personality or distinctive material. It seems unlikely that Ian & Sylvia and Richard & Mimi Farina were such big sellers that other musicians or labels wanted to capitalize on their approaches. But if anyone did want to devise a version of those early male-female folk/folk-rock pairs that was more consciously geared toward the pop market, they would have most likely sounded like St. George & Tana do. They're a pretty chipper act for the most part, lacking the emotional range of the likes of Ian & Sylvia and the Farinas, given far more pop-conscious (though not unduly saccharine) production. Some of the songs are a little above average, like the reasonably gutsy "Big Daddy's Blues" with its elemental blues-folk-rock riff; "(Gee Baby) Sorry 'Bout That," which has a blatant catchy teen rock vocal hook; and "Cold Nights and Pepper Soup," where the similarities to the more bittersweet facets of Jim & Jean's 1966 Changes album are most evident. There are also run-of-the-mill covers of the folk-rock standard "High Flying Bird" and Richard Farina's "Reno Nevada," and, for whatever reason, the straight pop staple "The Shadow of Your Smile."